Opener Marcus Harris has been included in the Australian team for the first match of the Test series against India. Before the series, the Australian team is suffering from injury problem of many players.
David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test due to injury. He suffered an injury during the ODI series while Will Pukowski suffered concussion during the practice match against India A.
National selector Trevor Hohns issued a statement on Saturday, saying, “Many players have been hurt in recent weeks. We are lucky to be able to add a player of Marcus’s ability to the team.
He added, ‘Marcus was in very good form for Victoria and along with that he has faced the Indian bowlers in the three-day tour match. At the same time, we are sad that David (Warner) and Will (Pukowski) will not play in the first Test match.
He told, ‘Since Will has suffered concussion, we have adopted the traditional approach. We hope that he and David will be fully fit and play with us in the Boxing Day Test.
Tim Paine (captain / wicketkeeper), Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labushane, Nathan Lyon, Michael Nasser, James Pattinson, Will Pukowski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swapson, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Indian Test Team
Virat Kohli (captain) (just for the first Test), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Riddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper) ), Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Siraj
First Test – 17-21 December, Adelaide Oval (Day-Night)
Second Test – 26–30 December, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Third Test – 7-11 January, Sydney Cricket Ground
Fourth Test – 15–19 January, Brisbane